With Warner Bros. and DC comics feeling the pressure from Marvel Studios to create their own cinematic universe for the big screen, DC Comic's super powered Amazon Wonder Woman is on her way to finally appearing in a major motion picture.
Of course, there is some degree of controversy over the actress slated to play the iconic character. Will Israeli born actress Gal Gadot be up to wielding the legendary magic lasso?
Gal Gadot cut her teeth in the Fast and Furious franchise where she proved she could handle an action role, but some fans have yet to warm up to her, with most of the complaints citing her as being far too thin to play a warrior Amazon. Others were upset that the studio did not consider any of the choices bouncing around in the fan community to which Gadot’s casting in the Superman/Batman project came not only as a surprise, but to some, a slap in the face.
On the other hand, Gadot seems to have responded to the critique by working out and building muscle for the role. Gadot brings the experience of being a soldier in the IDF and her time as a model to the table, not to mention being relatively low cost in terms of salary for the studios.
Director Zack Snyder (Man of Steel, 300) and superhero scribe extraordinaire David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, Blade) have kept pretty quiet about their vision of Wonder Woman, but it’s certain to be a unique perspective that will challenge the sensibilities of some fans. Some feel that pressure showed in Man of Steel, which while successful polarized fans with its dark new take on the Superman mythos.
That being said, the powers that be decided to move ahead in an interesting direction with the Man of Steel sequel, with what some would call the holy grail of team-ups by pairing Superman with Batman. According to Academy Award winning actor Jeremy Irons, slated to play Alfred, there is no finished script, which is usually not a good sign. Even more worrisome is the production is presumably supposed to launch a Justice League film and respective franchises for the rest of DC’s Trinity. Recent news that Gal Gadot has signed a three-picture deal leads us to believe that they are certainly planning on Wonder Woman being a key part of Warner Bros. developing cinematic universe.
The untitled Batman vs. Superman film will open on May 6, 2016 in both the US and the UK.
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